Flying Eagles coach, John Obuh admitted that facing South Africa’s under-21 team the Amajitas in the first leg of the African Youth Championships qualifiers will be an uphill task.
The South Africans drawing confidence from the 1-0 defeat they handed the Obuh led
Flying Eagles during an invitational tournament earlier in the year in Cape Town, are poised to ruin Nigeria’s chances of defending the trophy they won in South Africa in 2011.
Obuh said that the South Africans are not a push over, but his boys are in good shape to do a good job of the first leg.
“We’ve done our homework well, there is no injury worry, at least, for now. We pray for luck, supports and prayers of Nigerians.
“The game won’t be easy but we’re determined not to falter again to the South Africans,” said Obuh.
He added he is hopeful that the South African will not terminate his ambition of winning the trophy for the second time in a row.
“Sure, the players are fit, fitness was paramount in our preparations for the match. Of course, we understand that without fitness, you can’t play well nor achieve your aim.”
“We’re not meeting them for the first time, I’ve played them about three times, we just lost one.
“We’re not solely banking on past records for them to have beaten Congo means they’re side to be reckoned with.”
The team left for to Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday enroute to Nelspruit, venue of the encounter. The second fixture holds in llorin on October 13.